- Official Name: Republic of the Philippines
- Islands: 7,641 islands categorized under three main geographical divisions from North to South: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
- Form of Government: Democratic with the President as both the Head of the State and Government
- Population: more than 100 million
- Capital City: Manila (located in the Luzon Island)
- Currency: The Philippine Peso (PHP)
- Religion: only Christian nation in Asia (80.58% are Roman Catholic; 10.8 % are Protestants, 11 % are Muslim, 2 % are practicing Buddhism)
- Literacy:6 %
- Time Zone: GMT+8
- Economy: Agriculture, Exports, Services & Manufacturing, Remittances from OFW’s(Overseas Filipino Worker), Travel and Tourism.
- The Philippines have a tropical maritime climate, meaning the weather is generally hot and quite humid.
- The region really only experiences three seasons, a hot dry summer between March and May known as tag-init, a wet season between June and November known as tag-ulan and a coller dry season between December and February known as tag-lamig.
- The Philippines weather patterns are created by the prevailing winds of the southwest monsoon (known as the habagat) from May to October and the northeast monsoon (known as the amihan) from November to early May.
- Average temperatures in the Philippines usually range between 21 °C (70 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F) with the average yearly temperature coming in at around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F).
PEOPLE & CULTURE
- The people of Philippines are referred to as ‘Filipinos’. Filipinos are divided into many ethnolinguistic groups such as Visayans, Tagalogs and Llocanos.
- More than 170 different languages are spoken by the population of Philippines but the official language is Filipino. Even English is widely spoken by 95% of the population.
- Philippines is the third largest Christian nation in the world and this is due to the fact that 92% of Filipinos are Christians in this country.
- Filipino culture is strongly influenced and well blended by various cultures like American, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian.
- People in Philippines give huge importance to the system of family and respect to extended families. It is not uncommon to see Filipinos from same families gather together and celebrated festivals, take part in functions and wedding ceremonies etc.
- Whenever two people in Philippines meet, it is a tradition to shake hands but it is a common trend for men to wait for women to extend their hands.
- The two official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English.
- The Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world.
- Filipino is the national language, and the official status of English is a holdover from its time as a U.S. territory between the years of 1898 and 1946.
- Filipino is the primary language used in school and media, and it’s also the lingua franca that unites the nation’s disparate linguistic communities. You’ll mostly encounter English in government, newspapers and magazines.
- Transportation in the Philippines covers the transportation methods within this archipelagic nation of over 7500 islands. … They have become a symbol of the Philippine culture.
- Another popular mode of public transportation in the country is the motorized tricycles, especially common in smaller urban and rural areas.